Re: Re: CP Hardiness in the UK

From: Dave Evans (T442119@RUTADMIN.RUTGERS.EDU)
Date: Thu Oct 14 1999 - 20:29:00 PDT

Date:    Thu, 14 Oct 99 23:29 EDT
From: Dave Evans                           <T442119@RUTADMIN.RUTGERS.EDU>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg3566$foo@default>
Subject: Re: Re: CP Hardiness in the UK

Dear Phil and Nigel,

> Nigel,
> >I'm afraid not everyone would assert that Sarracenia and Dionaea are
> >hardy in the UK as confidently as Phil. I recommend you test a few
> >expendable plants first. -snip-
> Maybe not but if growers would try I think they would be quite surprised
> at the results they obtain. There are several growers who grow all their
> Sarracenias and Dionaea outdoors with few problems - e.g. Stan Lampard.

   Me too! All Sarracenia and VFT's should be able to handle
the weather in the UK without a problem--all year around--and
be very happy with this treatment. The only problems that might
happen will be related to culture (the type of soil used, if
your plants are too big for their container, ect) not the weather.
The winter in the UK is just a tiny bit cooler than what most of
these species get in the own environment and they are perfectly
adaptable to this climate.
   Nigel's advice is good, just because you are proficient at
growing CP's inside, doesn't mean your plant will like the
way they are treated outside... I grow my VFT's and Sarracenia
outside all year in New Jersey, where the winter weather is
often colder than what you guys in the UK get. The plants are
in plastice lined inground bogs. I could not grow these plants
in pots, over winter here in Jersey, mind you. Weather's too
harsh and the plants need to be in ground for protection from
drying winds and extreme temperature changes
   In the UK, there is a good chance that you could even use big
pots over winter. I'm not saying you can get away without using
a bog, but you have a good shot at it, since your weather is

Dave Evans

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